Mora

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Francis Luis Mora 1874–1940Type: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 72 ¼ x 54 inches
Embroidered Patterns, 1912



About the Artist
Exhibited:
National Academy of Design, 1912, (entry number 21)
Adamson-Duvannes Galleries, American Painting 1830–1940: A Century Observed, 1989
ACA Galleries, Francis Luis Mora, (1874–1940), A Legacy Reconsidered, 2005

Illustrated:
National Academy of Design, Illustrated Catalogue, Eighty-seventh Annual Exhibition, 1912, (page 10)
Adamson-Duvannes Galleries, exhibition catalog, American Painting 1830–1940: A Century Observed, 1989, (page 35)
ACA Galleries, exhibition catalog, Francis Luis Mora, (1874–1940), A Legacy Reconsidered, 2005, (page 15)

From the American Art Analog:
Francis Luis Mora, son of one painter and sculptor and brother of another, was an illustrator, muralist and portraitist whose work reflects a blend of Spanish and modern-American influences.
Mora was born in 1874 in Uruguay. His father, Domingo Mora, was a well-known artist who gave Mora his early artistic training. The family moved to the United States, and Mora attended school in New Jersey, New York City and Boston. He studied drawing and painting under Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School; later he studied under H. Siddons Mowbray at the Art Students League in New York City. He also traveled to Europe to study the great paintings of the old masters.
By age 18, Mora was illustrating for leading periodicals. He began exhibiting two years later, and in 1900 he received a commission for a mural in the public library of Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1904, he painted the Missouri State Building mural for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. He also painted portraits of Andrew Carnegie and President Warren G. Harding; the latter hangs in the White House.
Mora worked in oil, watercolor, charcoal and pastel; in addition, he produced etchings and sculpture. His subjects were generally interiors, seascapes and landscapes with figures. Like Tarbell and Benson, Mora captured the flavor of leisured life, particularly in outdoor scenes. He also painted Indian and Western scenes (his brother, Joseph Jacinto Mora, also received considerable recognition for his paintings and sculptures of Western subjects).
Mora taught at the Art Students League, the Grand Central School of Art and the New York School of Art, all in New York City. He died in 1940.

Memberships:
Allied Artists of America
American Federation of Arts
American Watercolor Society
Architectural League of New York
Art Students League
Ceramic Society
National Academy of Design
National Arts Club
National Association of Portrait Painters
New York Water Color Club
Salmagundi Club
Society of American Artists
Society of American Etchers
Society of Illustrators

Museums:
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, Indiana
The Boston Art Club, Boston, Massachusetts
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Columbia University, New York, New York
Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Lynn Public Library, Lynn, Massachusetts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
National Academy of Design, New York, New York
National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, Canada
New Jersey Association of Museums, Newark, New Jersey
The New-York Historical Society, New York, New York
New York State Museum, Albany, New York
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California
The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Youngstown, Ohio
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
The White House, Washington, District of Columbia
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Mora’s WPA paintings and murals can be seen in public spaces such as the Town Hall Club in New York, New York and United States Post Offices in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania and Clarksville, Tennessee.

References:
American Art Analog, Chelsea House Publishers
E. Bénézit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Editions Gründ
The Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford University Press
Thieme-Becker Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart,
E.A. Seemann Verlag Leipzig
Vollmer Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts, E. A.
Seemann Verlag Leipzig
Who Was Who in American Art, 1564–1975, Sound View Press

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